From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do comes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.
At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.
Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?
In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Liferaises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?
Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.
Jen ‘s Review
Life is full of a ton of what if’s. So many of us question our decisions throughout our lives and wonder what would have happened had we decided to take a different road. Do you ever wonder if you had made different choice along the path, where would you have ended up?
Those are the roads in life. The one taken and the one passed. There have been so many times I wish I could go back—take the other road just to see what if.
Maybe in Another Life is the story of the fork in the road—only both paths are taken. In concurrent story lines, Hannah Martin moves back to Los Angeles after moving from place to place, never really finding home. She is kind of lost, not really sure what to do with her life. After a night out with her best friend, Hannah has to decide whether she should go home with Gabby or leave with Ethan, her high school boyfriend.
“Life is long and full of an infinite number of decisions. I have to think that the small ones don’t matter, that I’ll end up where I need to end up no matter what I do… My fate will find me.”
You travel along with Hannah, watching her life play out based on one simple decision she made. The journey was incredible and I found that I couldn’t put the book down. It was so different and emotional, unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It was almost like two books in one.
“I’m just going to do my best and live under the assumption that if there are things in this life we are supposed to do, if there are people in this world we are supposed to love, we’ll find them. In time. The future is so incredibly unpredictable that trying to plan for it is like studying for a test you’ll never take.”
The ending had me in complete surprise at first and I wasn’t sure how I felt. After reflecting on if for a few days though, I came to the conclusion that I love it. This is what makes Taylor different from the rest. She has your emotions all over the place. You feel every word—really, truly incredible. Really liked it!!!
About Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.